Goodbye, 2013! Top 11 most-commented WSB stories of the year

December 31, 2013 at 11:19 pm | In West Seattle history, West Seattle news | 9 Comments

We originally drafted this story on Saturday, planning to finish and publish it on Monday. Then came The Big Power Outage, which now holds the title for “most-commented WSB story ever,” passing the previous titleholder, coverage of the November 22, 2010, snow/ice-pocalypse. As was the case with both those reports, comments on WSB stories are more often about community information-sharing than about opinions or observations, whether it’s a road report in a morning-traffic thread, or the simple “No power here/power’s back on here” updates from Monday. That said, our one-and-only look back at 2013 proceeds, with less than an hour left until 2014. It’s a Top 11 since we already had dug up the Top 10 before something new topped them all:

11: ‘Private’ fireworks display off Beach Drive, July 20, 2013 – 137 comments

10: Townhouses planned for ex-Charlestown CafĂ© site, June 4, 2013 – 143 comments
*Follow-up note: As reported here earlier this month, this project finally debuts at Design Review on January 23rd.

9: Impending opening of Bada Bistro, March 12, 2013 – 144 comments
*The announcement declared “We don’t serve merlot.” The discussion caught fire from there. The restaurant closed after less than five months.

7/8 (tie): Alan Polevia spotted in Shorewood, hours-long helicopter search ensues, March 5, 2013 – 145 comments
*After serving about four months of a six-month sentence, Polevia got out of jail October 21st. He spent a day back behind bars in early November for a DUI warrant.

7/8 (tie): Bicyclist killed on East Marginal, May 1, 2013 – 145 comments

6: ‘Takeover’ robbery at estate sale in Belvidere, January 31, 2013 – 149 comments

5: Fatburger to Alki, August 7, 2013 – 155 comments

4: Man injured by projectile in Fairmount, May 22, 2013 – 169 comments

3: Mayor tells SDOT to reject Whole Foods project’s alley vacation, July 16, 2013 – 186 comments
*No date yet for this to go to the City Council, but we expect a followup soon.

2: De-icer disaster on the West Seattle Bridge, December 2, 2013 – 206 comments
*In case you missed it, this was explained in a briefing eight days later.

1: 11,000 homes, businesses lose power in West Seattle, December 30, 2013 – 603 comments

Want to look even further back? The 2012 WSB list is here; the 2011 list is here. Thank you for all your collaboration and participation again this year; we wish you a spectacular 2014!


  1. Yay! Honored to be the first comment :) Have a great New Years everyone!

    Comment by KEW — 11:23 pm December 31, 2013 #

  2. Wow. The Big Outage tripled Deicer D’oh? Amazeballs.

    Comment by Technoshaman — 11:33 pm December 31, 2013 #

  3. Yeah, but the wax on beaver comments were the funniest!

    Comment by Jeannie — 12:41 am January 1, 2014 #

  4. Jeannie – That was in the forum; I guess I should clarify that this only covers the news stories. The admin end for the news side of the site offers an easy way to sort for this – but the admin end of the creaky old forum software doesn’t have a similar sorting function, unfortunately … TR

    Comment by WSB — 12:44 am January 1, 2014 #

  5. I didn’t even know there was a “Big Power Outage” this week!

    Comment by John — 5:23 am January 1, 2014 #

  6. Happy New Year, WSB!

    Comment by Maggie — 5:34 am January 1, 2014 #

  7. You too, Maggie!

    Comment by WSB — 6:04 am January 1, 2014 #

  8. I love this blog!
    Anything happens in WS, this is the first place I go.
    Happy New Year!!!!,

    Comment by m2k — 7:56 am January 1, 2014 #

  9. Was the power outage the most commented story in the history of WSB?

    Comment by zipline — 8:00 am January 1, 2014 #

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